Who Is Walter Pless?


A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Olympia header - Copy

Photo:  An Olympia defender heads the ball clear against South Hobart [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors 5 (Josephine Mamic 2, Olivia Bomford 2, Jade Williams) beat South Hobart 1 (Niki Moutsatsos)

[HT: 2-0]

Rachel Ridler and Lisa Bremner - Copy

Photo:  Hobart Zebras' Rachel Ridler in possession with Taroona's Lisa Bremner in hot pursuit [PlessPix]

Hobart Zebras 1 (Caitlin Roberts 50’) beat Taroona 0

[HT: 0-0]

Madeline Blackman and Sara Chugg - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Madeline Blackman wins a heading duel against South Hobart's Sara Chugg [PlessPix]

Slide tackle by Melinda Minstrell - Copy

Photo:  Taroona's Melinda Minstrell slide tackles Hobart Zebras' Georgia Burt [PlessPix]

Emily Craw and ball - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Emily Craw wins the ball in midfield against South Hobart [PlessPix]

Kayla Mason in action - Copy

Photo:  Hobart Zebras' Kayla Mason (left) about to tackle a Taroona opponent [PlessPix]


0 #18 RB 2018-03-08 04:53
With regard to Olympia Women and the WSL.
I'm still yet to see a list of what the specific breaches were or how many there were so I have no idea how severe they were.
However, I've always thought that regardless of what they were the punishment was too severe.
Essendon didn't get kicked out of the AFL for drug issues. Carlton and Melb Storm didn't get kicked out of their competitions due to salary cap breaches. Surely those things are far more severe than anything Olympia did?
Being kicked out is a massive punishment surely kept for the absolute worst offences. Surely whatever Olympia did was not that bad.
At worst they should be in the WSL not playing for points.
I'd love to know what the players at the other WSL clubs think. Not the supporters and committees, the players. Would they like to be playing against the Olympia girls in WSL?
-2 #17 Some bloke 2018-03-07 23:02
#7 they are not permitted to enter the super league
So despite beating every team they played comfortably they will be playing in the southern championship against those clubs second best teams. Id be very surprised if any of those SC players are looking forward to that or playing in a comp they have no hope of winning.
I hope all the haters are happy, what a great outcome for female football. That will really keep female players in the game and encourage participation.
What a stroke of genius!!!
0 #16 You Decide 2018-03-07 04:17
Rule that Olympia broke or did they?. Keep in mind that there is no Women under 18 competition.

"Week to week during the Summer Cup round robin, players can play for either the
club’s A or Under 18’s teams provided the player is eligible to play for the Under 18s.
To be eligible to compete in a final, however, a player must have played at least one match in that Division during the round robin."
+11 #15 anonymous 2018-03-06 05:10
#14 Correct and that is why Zebras were only allowed to use 12 players for the women's semi against Taroona as all other players registered had not played in any of their 2 previous games and with injuries were left with 12 players and no favours from fft at all.
+10 #14 Anon 2018-03-06 04:16

Word on the street is not quite correct then. I know the Zebras U18’s coaching staff were well aware of this rule before the semi’s so they have not breached any rules. And I would assume the same for the Zebras Women’s side.
0 #13 Anon 2018-03-06 03:46
Perhaps a check by FFT staff on the Monday following all Cup semifinal & final fixtures should be mandatory practice.
How many of the other teams played ineligible players in the Cup semifinals?
Does FFT wait for clubs to dob in other clubs?
A quality check will ensure the highest of standards is being met by all.
-3 #12 really 2018-03-06 02:41
Quoting Studs up:

Yep was there a card for this ?

I would hope so.

Terrible tackle
+1 #11 anon x 2 2018-03-05 23:24
As long as the player is in the correct age bracket why are we stopping them playing..
if a 15 yr old gets a chance to come off the bench in seniors we are now stopping him from playing in his own age group ?? why where is the development in that
dropping a player down and hiding his age or putting a player on a team sheet under a different name etc = fair enough but I think all the other rules for youth need to be looked at. The team stacking from seniors to reserves etc (3 players) is fine = stopping players being dropped to win a reserve title etc but in youth divisions if they are in the age bracket why are we restricting them ?
-5 #10 anon 2018-03-05 23:23
OK word on the street is not only Olympia women and sth bht u18s : but also beachside u18's, zebra u18s, olympia u18s and zebra women have all played ineligible players in the semi final stage. How can this happen, simple its pre season and squads especially at youth level are being rotated to check potential and expose young players, the whole cup tie and round robin rule is crazy for a pre season tournament especially at youth level.
0 #9 Anon 2018-03-05 21:59
The total series has being a write off from FFT down .

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